BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 13, 2007 — Microsoft today announced key additions to the Network Access Protection (NAP) ecosystem with new third-party products that extend NAP to Macintosh and Linux desktops, as well as the first NAP-powered appliance. The new products will extend NAP, a policy enforcement platform built into the Windows Vista operating system and the upcoming versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows XP SP 3, to non-Microsoft operating systems in heterogeneous network environments. Microsoft also announced that NAP has hit a milestone of 150,000 pre-release adoptions worldwide.
Announcements today included:
UNETsystem Inc. announced that Linux and Macintosh versions of the company’s Anyclick for NAP will be released in 2008, extending NAP technology to these desktops.
Avenda Systems Inc. announced the upcoming release of the Avenda Linux Network Access Protection Agent, which extends Network Access Protection technology to network endpoints running the Linux operating system.
Celestix Networks Inc. announced that it has developed the first purpose-built appliance for delivering the NAP policy-enforcement platform. Celestix has scheduled the release of the new appliances shortly after Microsoft releases Windows Server 2008 next spring.
Gaining momentum for Windows Server 2008, NAP is now deployed in more than 150,000 desktops worldwide, including 70,000 desktops at Microsoft. Microsoft also released a case study describing NAP deployment at Microsoft, available at http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000000983